St. Joseph's honors member, former employee for 70 years

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Audrey Roach was 16 years old when she applied for her first vacation loan at the newly opened St. Joseph's Federal Credit Union.

Now, nearly 70 years later, Audrey is being recognized at the 70th annual dinner meeting as one of the first members of the STJ Federal Credit Union who is still an active member of the "family."

"I remember having my dad as a cosigner. Whether applying for a loan or making an account transfer, STJ has always made banking easy for me. I can honestly say I have never been dissatisfied as a member," Roach said.

In addition to being a 70-year member of the STJ Federal Credit Union, Roach was the head cashier for 10 years at the Clarendon office, which was the credit union's first official location. STJ actually started in the basement of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, but the operations were moved to the Clarendon location in 1958.

St. Joseph's was given its charter on March 9, 1942. From a modest start with 126 members, the credit union now has over 5,600. The main office is 1811 Whipple Ave., NW. On July 2, 2010, St. Joseph's opened their first branch office in Louisville at 227 East Main Street.

The Louisville office will soon be moving to its new location, 315 Sherban Court. Louisville.

"This branch will offer the best in drive thru service," said chief executive officer Cari Huthmacher. "Of course, if you have some time, we love for our members to come in and visit, so there's plenty of easy in, easy out parking too."

Huthmacher said, "Come join us on Saturday, Feb. 23, as we celebrate our 70th annual dinner meeting at Skyland Pines and honor Audrey Roach as a life-long member." To learn more and reserve your tickets, call 330-478-8400.

St. Joseph's Federal Credit Union is open to everyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Stark County. Learn more about the credit union by stopping in either location, or visiting their third, 24/7 branch on the web. The address is www.stjosephfcu.org.

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